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Poster: srtg83 Date: Apr 25, 2008 3:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books -- give it up Phil!

Unfortunately, I completely agree. As much as I am in the "Phil is God" camp, Phil's book is rudimentary at best. Way too light on substance and detail. For example, I am of the view that his six string modulus in December 1982 changed the way the band sounded and helped supplement the band's sound while Garcia took hisslide to the summer of 1986. Listen to the old timers review some of the pre-83 stuff and you will hear about the clean sound of the band that was replaced by a boomier one by 83. Secondly, what happened in early 89 that committed the band to the jam, slowed the music down and gave it considerable space. I hope Phil will write a follow up some day and elaborate.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Apr 25, 2008 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dead Books -- give it up Phil!

I enjoyed Phil's book a lot but wish he had gone a little deeper into "rating" if you will, the band's performances year to year.

For example, he gives short shrift to 1977, glossing over what many heads consider the band's finest year. To Phil's credit, he does mention that '77 was one of his "Heineken" years and he doesn't recall much beyond being very drunk most of the time...but that belies the tightness of the band's performances that year.

His book is top-heavy on the early years, and less informative on the middle ones, before getting back to the nitty gritty in the sad late years.

Still a good read, overall.